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What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 1 of 2)

What is a website accessibility statement and do you need one? (Part 1 of 2)

A powerful ally A website accessibility statement is a powerful document. One that is properly written, following a professional website accessibility audit, will do two extremely important tasks for you and your business. Firstly, we will look at the legal side. It needs to be said, but I do not like... read more »

How do you change the world?

How do you change the world?

One website at a time, that is how. A global first My company, Access by Design, created the world’s first fully-accessible, mobile and tablet-friendly website in February 2011. My TEDx Talk is now on the TEDx Channel! I have been speaking publicly about website accessibility for disabled people for the last 15 years... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 5)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 5)

Putting it all together Now I have my raw materials. The automated matrices, the manual checks, 3 live audits and a whole bunch of notes! This is when I have to put it all together and turn it into a full audit. The most time-consuming part, of course, is reviewing... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 4)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 4)

This is where my amazing website accessibility team join in! I do not care what anybody says, you cannot truly know whether your website is accessible for disabled people or not unless you have had disabled people do a live audit of your website! I know this sounds unbelievably obvious... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 3)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 3)

You can plug a car into a diagnostics machine but it will not tell you if you have a nail in your tyre! My last two articles in this series have been about automated checking. With the correct software, you can undertake a comprehensive audit of a website’s accessibility. 30% of... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2 - continued)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2 - continued)

It is not just one tick! In my previous article, I explained the common misconception that designers often think that the WCAG AA Guidelines are all that need to be met to make a website accessible and how passing the single-A guidelines are also mandatory because otherwise, you will not... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 2)

What is an automated matrix? In this article, I wish to clear up the most common misconception when it comes to website accessibility, about automated matrices. What is an automated matrix? In principle, that is easy to explain. It is software that runs a series of automated tests on your website... read more »

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

What is involved with a website accessibility audit? (Part 1)

    The second most-often question I am asked is what actually does having a website accessibility audit involve? FYI, the most often question I get asked is what does website accessibility for disabled people actually mean? I always point them to my recent TEDxTalk for that one! In case you... read more »

I love assistive technology!

I love assistive technology!

Dodgy knees I have dodgy knees. Very dodgy, sadly. I have flat feet and did not start to wear corrective insoles until I was in my late 30s. This meant that my weight went through my knees unevenly and wore away the cartilage, meaning there is almost none on the... read more »

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

Surely all websites are accessible for disabled people?

A level-playing field One of the most brilliant aspects of the Web is the idea of a level playing field. Having a physical disability can often can make everyday tasks like going shopping more difficult, although it is often the environment itself that is the biggest problem. However, the Web... read more »